Posted: 14 February 2018
If you’re still feeling the winter blues and can’t wait to book your next sun kissed luxury holiday, the exuberant isles of the Caribbean have so much to offer — crystal-clear waters, palm-shaded beaches, tropical rainforests and luxury five-star resorts are only the beginning. We couldn’t possibly pick a favourite when it comes to the Caribbean – each immaculate isle shines with its own personality, including the awe-inspiring islands of Antigua and Anguilla. These two iconic islands are famed for their beautiful white-sand beaches, yet also boast distinctly different characters.
Many people travel on a luxury holiday to Anguilla in search of seclusion and serenity. This small yet sublime island maintains local authenticity without sacrificing its sense of elegance. Such luxury is exuded from the selection of luxury hotels and private villas here, which often boast enviable locations along stretches of pristine sands and turquoise waters. Anguilla is reputed for its particularly laid-back lifestyle — locals encourage you to leave behind your busy modern lifestyle to truly embrace the charm of the Caribbean, of course, accompanied by the world-class service and amenities of a luxury Anguilla hotel. Sun-worshippers may simply wish to bask in this isle’s serene sun spots, but culture lovers won’t be disappointed — a selection of art galleries showcase both local and international artists whilst The Big Spring Heritage Site, which dates back to between 600 – 1400AD, is an unmissable visit for inquisitive minds wanting to uncover Anguilla’s rich history.
Reopening in February 2018 following an extensive renovation, Zemi Beach House is one of the newest additions to Anguilla's luxury hotel scene. This newly built property, located in the heart of trendy Shoal Bay East, features only 65 rooms and suites. Fresh and contemporary, this Caribbean retreat includes stylish décor, flavoursome cuisine and an exquisite spa, as well as promising barefoot luxury with a private stretch of beautiful beach. Spend time as a couple sampling the hotel’s boundless activities — join the ‘rummelier’ and take a taste journey through the world’s premier rum-making regions or dine by candlelight with an intimate beach dinner along the isle’s powder-soft white sands.
For those who prefer lavish resort-style living, Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla brings an element of glitz to luxury hotels in Anguilla with its vast variety of accommodation — choose a beachside studio to keep the sand between your toes, or a bluff top villa to take in the staggering ocean view. As the calm Caribbean waves wash away the stresses of modern life, embark on boundless island adventures, whether it be snorkelling in the crystal-clear bay or simply basking on the beach. Golf fanatics can tee off at Cuisinart Golf Club’s 18-hole championship course, where players can expect to be greeted by a spectacular view of St. Maarten and the Caribbean Sea from the first hole.
Antigua may be considered Anguilla’s outgoing sibling — expect to experience the glamourous side of the Caribbean, especially when the superyachts descend for the annual sailing regatta. This vibrant island that has something for everyone on a luxury Caribbean holiday — it is synonymous with sailing, plays home to world-class golf courses and boasts an astonishing 365 beaches around its striking coastline. The heritage of the island also remains intact, with historical points such as English Harbour and Nelson’s Dockyard both must-sees for any history enthusiast. Luxury hotels in Antigua vary from contemporary, chic hideaways to intimate and traditional resorts, as well as the island boasting private villas for those travelling with friends or family. Amongst quaint villages and bustling towns, friendly locals are always happy to immerse you in their colourful Caribbean culture, cuisine and lifestyle.
For those looking for a classically cool Caribbean holiday. Carlisle Bay brings contemporary style with a hint of Asian flair to the isle of Antigua, whilst also boasting a prime position along a picturesque white-sand beach. Expect delightful dining with four restaurants to choose from — indulge in lunch delivered to your lounger in the Coconut Grove or take a table for two at the enticing East, considered one of Antigua’s finest Asian restaurants. The tranquil 17,000ft² Blue Spa at Carlisle Bay is the idyllic spot for detoxifying and rejuvenating treatments, whether your seeking solo serenity or wanting to reconnect as a couple. Follow your treatments with a refreshing beverage from the juice bar or wind down with a peaceful yoga session.
One of Antigua’s longest established beach resorts, Blue Waters is a family-owned haven that welcomes guests with a home-away-home style hospitality. Decadent rooms and suites allow guests to savour seclusion and privacy, whilst villas allow groups to relish in a more social setting, with exquisite outdoor dining for a night under the stars. With everything close by, this destination is a dream if you’re looking to escape — stroll, swim or sail your way around as you soak up the spectacular sunshine and enjoy an endless list as activities. Indulge with a thoughtful luxury all-inclusive holiday package – which includes everything from afternoon tea on the terrace to water sports and tennis – making a stay here feel truly effortless.
Just two miles off the charismatic coast of Antigua, the private three-hundred-acre Jumby Bay Island awaits. Slip into the stunning oceanfront infinity pool and admire the breathtaking panoramic views this luxurious private island has to offer, or venture to Pasture Bay Beach and be awe struck as you witness, first-hand, the endangered Hawksbill Turtles creating their nests (June to November). Drift away after a day of adventure with a unique spa journey at The Spa at Jumby Bay — feel the sea breeze blowing through the stone entryways as you find a sense of island serenity. Guests here can expect to encounter a luxurious twist on an island lifestyle — all rooms and suites come equipped with bicycles for island exploration whilst The Estate House is a top fine-dining destination in the Caribbean, drawing on the culinary traditions of the West Indies whilst combining an essence of modern flair.
Book Your Luxury Antigua or Anguilla Holiday
Whether it’s boundless beaches and swaying palms, or captivating culture and endless adventure you’re seeking, a luxury holiday to Antigua or Anguilla (or maybe even both!) won’t disappoint. To book your next luxury Caribbean holiday, please call our team of dedicated Travel Consultants.